Posted: July 7, 2022
Image of the outside of the Eastside Branch at night

We are excited to announce that the Eastside Branch is the proud winner of the 2022 Ontario Library Association’s New Library Building Award. Awarded every three years, this is the preeminent building award in the world of libraries. The award encourages and showcases excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries in Ontario. The OLA New Library Building Award is for projects that were completed and in-use within July 2019 to July 2022.

The awards jury stated that "the architects delivered on the commitment to a green, nature inspired facility with the new Eastside Branch of Waterloo Public Library. Thoughtful site placement combined with a striking design and the use of appropriate materials results in a facility that fulfills the community desire for an 'eco location'." The Eastside Branch was designed in joint venture by John MacDonald Architect Inc. of Kitchener and Ward99 Architects of Vaughan along with Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo staff.

“Winning the OLA New Library Building Award acknowledges all of the hard work the entire team put into this project. We couldn’t be more proud of the amazing library we delivered to the citizens of Waterloo,” said Laura Dick, Waterloo Public Library’s Eastside Branch Project Manager.

The awards presentation took place on Thursday, July 7th at the Annual Institute on the Library as Place conference in Toronto. Accepting the award on behalf of Waterloo Public Library were: Laura Dick, Principals Tina Ranieri-D'Ovidio and Hagit Waisman of Ward99 Architects, Principal John MacDonald and Matthew Muller from John MacDonald Architect Inc.

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